Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!


Suspense - Allison Brennan has just sold her next three books to Minotaur. No word yet on if these will be straight romantic suspense or suspense with a touch of paranormal. 

Historical Romance - Fan favorite Maya Banks will be releasing three new Scottish historical romances through Ballantine. We will let you know the moment we’ve got more information, but our fingers are crossed for Scotsmen of the kilted variety!


Mystery - Michael Brandman will be continuing Robert B. Parker’s Jessie Stone series starting with Robert B. Parker’s Killing The Blues, which will be released in September.

Science Fiction - Mike Shepherd’s military SF series Kris Longknife will have three more books releasing from Ace. The series will continue with its 9th installment, Daring, scheduled to hit shelves in late October 2011.

Urban Fantasy - Defending the world from ghosts is not an easy job, but thankfully Kat Richardson's heroine Harper Blaine is up for the task. Readers will get a front row ticket to the ongoing exploits of the PI in the next three stories of the Greywalker series. 


Contemporary Romance - Christie Ridgway will be releasing a back-to-back trilogy in 2013. The author’s series will start with Beach House No. 9 and transport readers to the California coast.

Mystery - In her new Jane Eyre Chronicles, Joanna Campbell Slan supposes that the titular character of Charlotte Bronte’s most famous work was also an amateur detective. Release dates for the first two novels in the series TBA.

Historical Romance - In Regency England, an enigmatic villain will go to any lengths to ruin the women connected to a former spy in Emma Wildes' newest series, which begins with Ruined By Moonlight


Young Adult - Popularity is worth killing for in Laura Ellen's debut Blind Spot. The story follows a good girl gone bad when she is given the chance to fit in and get the guy. Publication set for Fall 2012. 

Historical Fiction - The book: Erika Robuck’s Hemingway’s Girl. The setting: Key West, 1935. The players: Ernest Hemingway, his wife Pauline and their housekeeper. The plot: A young women working at Hemingway’s estate becomes caught up in the author’s disintegrating marriage. 


Pop Culture - Journalist Deborah Yaffe has penned a can’t-be-missed examination at what draws readers to Jane Austen’s writing and what fans get from forming communities around the author and her work. No date set for the publication of Among the Janeites: A Journey through the World of Jane Austen Fandom


Young Adult - R.L. Stine gives Groundhog Day a elementary school twist in the upcoming film It’s The First Day of School....Forever!


Crime Fiction - Corleone fans rejoice — The Godfather will be getting a prequel next summer! Based on an original never-before-released screenplay by Mario Puzo, Ed Falco has written The Family Corleone. Set in New York City during the Great Depression, the story follows Vito Corleone’s violent rise to power. 

Fantasy - Following in the footsteps of fantasy greats C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Piers Anthony, Ian Alexander will be releasing Once We Were Kings in which there is an epic battle of East meets West. 

Erotica - In Lauren Hawkeye’s spicy read, Taking the Heat, a young Indian woman is romanced by a fellow yoga student. Publication set for 2012. 

Paranormal - When only the dead can kill the dead, a special type of superhero is needed — one who has crossed to the other side. Enter the heroine of Susan Sizemore’s upcoming novel Living Dead Girl featuring a reluctant ghost hunter who must protect the living. 

Woman’s Fiction - Catherine McKenzie's first two novels, Spin and Arranged, will be published in the U.S. in addition to the author’s newest novel Forgotten a story about a woman who, after going missing in Africa, must learn to cope with her experience.

Young Adult – Being a teen is hard enough with its hormone fluctuations and boy problems. If you add in possession by the Furies, you have the heroine’s dilemma in Justina Ireland's upcoming story Blood Guilt

These are this week's deals that we can’t wait to hear more about in the coming months. Check back every Monday for more Forewords!